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International nonprofit moving HQ to West Michigan

December 7, 2018
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Roger Spoelman
Roger Spoelman. Courtesy CURE International

An international health care nonprofit is acquiring a similar organization and moving its headquarters to West Michigan.

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania-based CURE International is absorbing Spring Lake Township-based International Aid and is in the process of relocating, CURE President and CEO Roger Spoelman told the Business Journal.

Spoelman — who is also vice chair for International Aid — said the move is because CURE’s board chair and many donors are based in West Michigan.

He said CURE’s executives are moving to Spring Lake.

CURE International has about 2,500 employees worldwide and about 50 in the U.S., with a budget last year of $60 million, according to tax records.

The nonprofit has hospitals in 10 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and works to eradicate treatable conditions and diseases. The hospitals, plus the organization’s 585 volunteers and 236 mobile clinics, completed nearly 260,000 outpatient visits and 17,000 procedures last year.

International Aid had a budget of $58 million last year and shipped hygiene products, nutritional supplements and re-conditioned medical equipment to 124 needy partners in 56 counties.

Spoelman said CURE International spends about $2 million per year on international travel, which will now benefit the Muskegon and Grand Rapids economies.

Spoelman said donors are pleased with the transition, which he believes will save money overall and enable the organization to extend its reach.

He added that CURE and International Aid will maintain their brands for now and “see where it goes.”

Spoelman was interim president and CEO of CURE, but he’s now taking the role full-time, retiring from a 38-year career in West Michigan health care, including as president and CEO of Mercy Health in Muskegon for 32 years.

He was later president and CEO of the West Michigan region for Livonia-based Trinity Health, the parent company of Mercy Health. He transitioned last year to Trinity’s SVP of strategic and operations integration.

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